We’ve all had times where we’ve struggled to remove bad smells from our home or car. It can be really hard to get rid of stubborn bad odours, no matter what you do.
After all, the potential sources of bad smells are all around us – children, pets, spoiled food, vomiting, illness, even plumbing.
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If a bad smell takes hold in your home, it can deter you from having friends and family over, render furniture or whole rooms unuseable and generally make things embarrassingly unpleasant.
So how to deal effectively with these unpleasant odours?
Natural solutions to help remove bad smells
1. Place a cut onion in the area
A completely natural and readily available solution – this has long been heralded as an old wives tale that actually works. All you need is an onion in the fridge – something that most households would normally have without any hassle.
Cut the onion in half and place in a bowl or saucer near the affected area or use a few halves placed around the area for particularly strong smells.
This is method is most useful for helping remove odours of a temporary nature – such as the lingering smell of vomit after a sick child or a spill of some kind.
Be sure to throw the onion out after use, as they are known to pick up pathogens from the air as well as absorb odours.
2. Sprinkle bicarb soda
Bicarb is excellent for absorbing bad smells. It can be especially useful for helping to remove pet odours from fabrics and carpets, especially if you have a dog or cat that just loves laying on the lounge and leaving their particular scent behind!
You can simply sprinkle it on the affected area, leave for a few hours or overnight, and then vacuum it up.
A word of warning though, don’t sprinkle it on wet or damp fabrics as it may leave burn marks.
Products to help remove bad smells
This great little 7.5mL bottle is a firm favourite of ours here at The Cleaning Emporium. Often overlooked, it is inexpensive (usually less than $10) and readily available from almost all supermarkets and even some chemists.
Place a drop or blot onto the affected area.
Alternatively, purchase the 100mL spray mist pump for larger areas.
2. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal products are are another product that we are loving here.
You can place or hang these bags in areas prone to bad smells.
For the fridge, place a Ryher Home Natural Odor and Moisture Eliminator at the back of a shelf to keep it pleasant and odour free.
For other areas, place a bag like the Apalus Air Purifying Bag in your car, wardrobe, on your shoe rack, or discreetly in the corner of a pet area to keep the air clean and fresh.
These activated charcoal bags are a 100% natural, long-term solution, all you need to do is place the charcoal in the sun for the stated period of time, before placing them in the desired area.